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A Christian look at the Jewish Passover feast

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  1. 1. Keeping The Feast
  2. 2. Cleaning out the Leaven If you had visited a Jewish friend last Tuesday night, you would have found them cleaning house
  3. 3. On the first day you shall remove leaven out of your houses, for if anyone eats what is leavened, from the first day until the seventh day, that person shall be cut off from Israel. Exodus 12:15
  4. 4. Cleaning out the Leaven People publically burn all the “leaven” that they have found
  5. 5. 1 Corinthians 5:6-8 “Cleanse out the old leaven”
  6. 6. 1 Corinthians 5:6-8 “Therefore let us keep the feast”
  7. 7. 15-step Seder
  8. 8. The Seder They drink the first of four cups of wine
  9. 9. The Seder They wash their hands, but without pronouncing the usual blessing
  10. 10. The Seder They eat a vegetable dipped twice in salt water, to remember the tears of their forefathers in Egypt
  11. 11. The Seder They take one of three pieces of matzah bread, break it in half, and hide one of the halves
  12. 12. The Seder The youngest child asks the question: “Why is this night different from other nights?” and the meaning of the Passover is explained
  13. 13. The Seder The hands are washed again, this time in the usual fashion
  14. 14. The Seder A special blessing is pronounced on the bread, the unleavened bread that they will eat for a week
  15. 15. The Seder One of the remaining matzahs is broken and shared among the participants
  16. 16. The Seder Bitter herbs are spread on the matzah to remind them of the bitterness of their slavery
  17. 17. The Seder Next the matzah is eaten with a sweet mixture, called charoseth, which reminds them of their redemption
  18. 18. The Seder Now comes the meal. Since the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem, lamb is not eaten at the meal
  19. 19. The Seder The children hunt and find the hidden piece of matzah. A “ransom” is paid to the finder.
  20. 20. The Seder The last two cups of wine are consumed, each with a blessing
  21. 21. The Seder The psalms of praise are sung.
  22. 22. The Seder The psalms of praise are sung. A fifth cup of wine is poured for Elijah, and the children open the door to see if Elijah will come
  23. 23. The Seder Elijah the Prophet, Elijah the Tishbite, The psalms of praise are Elijah, Elijah, sung. Elijah the Gileadite A fifth cup of wine is in our days, Speedily and poured Come to us, the for Elijah, and childrenWith the messiah, son of David, open the door to see if Elijah will come With the messiah, son of David.
  24. 24. The Seder The meal ends with “the acceptance,” the confidence that God has received their worship “Next year in Jerusalem”
  25. 25. 1 Corinthians 5:6-8 “Therefore let us keep the feast”
  26. 26. Keeping the feast As Paul says, we too must search out our lives and remove the leaven that is there Rooting out malice and wickedness Replacing it with sincerity and truth
  27. 27. Keeping the feast We too celebrate the story of redemption from slavery We remember the suffering of slavery to sin We celebrate the redemption that only God’s grace could bring
  28. 28. Keeping the feast We too accept the responsibility of passing the story on to our children We live out our unique identity We create teaching moments and teaching events We answer their questions with words and actions
  29. 29. Keeping the feast Our Passover has what theirs lacks They have no lamb We have the perfect sacrifice! They wait for Elijah to bring the messiah We worship the Messiah who came and will come again
  30. 30. Keeping The Feast For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. Let us therefore celebrate the festival, not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.